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Weather update #6 - 5 January 9:30am

05 January 2018

Photo: Supplied by Jason Thomsen, Thames Coast Rd state highway 25.

Photos: Supplied by Jason Thomsen, Thames Coast Rd State Highway 25.

We are receiving reports that the wind is pushing the swell onto the Thames Coast Rd (State Highway 25) and high tide is still on its way, around 10.30am this morning.

There are no road closures on our council roads.

Keep your speed down and watch out for traffic coming into southbound lane to avoid sea spray. We have informed the New Zealand Transport Agency who are sending out a crew to assess the road and are advising the public to travel with caution.

Photo: Supplied by Jason Thomsen, Thames Coast Rd state highway 25.The next point risk is high tide this morning.

The high tides are due at:

Whitianga
Friday 5 Jan at 10:10 and 22:28

Thames
Friday 5 Jan at 10:37 and 22:57

"Please take care on the roads with the high winds," says our Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler.

The latest video update with Mr Towler can be viewed here.

Check NZTA's website before you travel for the latest information about road closures or work underway. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.

We'll also include updates on known local Council road closures here. If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call us on 07 868 0200.

Water supply to Hikutaia is out after storm last night and engineers are working onsite with expected restoration by midday.

There has been a power outage for some households in Mercury Bay and Powerco expect this be resolved by midday. Click here for further updates and information. 

To report a power outage, contact Powerco.

Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts.

Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region.

It can be found at waikatoregion.govt.nz/flood-room

We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters.

And, although we're in for heavy rain, we still have a Total Fire Ban in place until at least 8 February, which includes bonfires and fireworks. See www.tcdc.govt.nz/fire for more information. 

The rain should help replenish reservoirs and water tanks, but we're still facing water restrictions due to high use and also filtering sediment and silt that will be coming through from this weather event. We will be reassessing the reservoir levels within the next 24 hours to see if restrictions need to be changed. See what restrictions apply on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/water.

Click here to view the events on around the Coromandel and refer to specific sites for cancellation details.